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22nd June 2015
Published by: Discovery: Duloch & Dalgety Bay

Look to Hardies for the best Professional Advice as they appoint 11 New Partners

Dunfermline home owners can reply on Hardies Property & Construction Consultants to give them the very best professional advice on any building or maintenance related problems. 

Hardies, who are Scotland’s largest multi discipline surveying firm, with fourteen offices throughout the country, including Dunfermline, are equally at home in the domestic market as well as the commercial and industrial sector.  Their experienced Building Surveyors can use their considerable skills to identify a range of defects in plumbing and construction that can cause homeowners long term, costly problems.  Their valuable knowledge of trusted suppliers can be brought to bear in solving these issues. 

Hardies are ensuring that their advices is not only industry relevant but that the firm has a strong plan of action for future growth.  Eleven new partners have recently been appointed – a new “First XI” team, including three staff members from the Dunfermline office who are now partners. 

The firm, which has over one hundred members of staff across its office network, prepared for the future by carrying out a detailed internal selection process to identify the “rising stars” who will now contribute to the firm’s future growth. 

The new partners are Paul Duncan, (Valuation), Danny McArthur (Quantity Surveying) and Martin McConnell, (Building Surveying) in the Dunfermline office; Allan Smith (Quantity Surveying), Kate Bilbrough and David Vince (Building Surveying) and Murray Warner (Project Management) in the Edinburgh office; Gary Ovenstone (Partner in St Andrews office); Neil Moir (Valuation) in Hardies Aberdeen office; Keith Gifford in Hardies Dalkeith office and Darron McKay, (Quantity Surveying) from the Dundee office who completes the line up. 

Hardies Managing Partner Derek Ferrier said: “It’s a new era for Hardies – we are very excited to unveil our new Partners and are confident that we have the right people to lead the company forward.  We’ve invested in staff over many years and now we’re putting our trust in our staff.  Hardies has been providing surveying services for more than one hundred years and the purpose of this succession planning is to provide the right platform for future growth in the next one hundred years.  We are only custodians of the Hardies name and need to ensure the firm continues to grow.” 

Mr Ferrier explained that the firm, which provides a range of professional property and construction consultancy services including project management, quantity surveying, building surveying to valuation surveying and dispute resolution support services, advertised internally for prospective new partners.  They were required to put together a presentation demonstrating what unique attributes they could bring to Hardies as a partner in the firm.  “We wanted to know that they would bring to the table to lead Hardies forward and help the firm to continue to grow and develop,” he said. 

“It was an extremely interesting exercise and really helped us to clarify who the best people were and it did not depend on how old they were or how long they had been with us,” he continued.  “Technology for example is moving so fast.  We need to release our young stars and see what they can do in this vein.  We want to be at the forefront of our profession and using new technology to our advantage is one of the ways in which we will continue to achieve that.” 

Hardies serves clients in both the private and public sectors providing a comprehensive property and construction consultancy service, including property valuation, building and quantity surveying and project management.  The firm also handles the leasing and sale of commercial and industrial buildings; CDM Co-ordination, Dispute Resolution and the provision of Energy Performance Certificates.  The firm has offices in St Andrews, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Dalkeith, Stirling, Perth, Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Hamilton, Helensburgh and Galashiels.  WJR Christie in Dundee is also part of the Hardies portfolio.  Further details at

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